Britain's Coolest Man 2011: Shortlist!
It’s been yet another barnstorming twelve months for famous British men around the world. So as 2011 draws to a close, it’s time to decide who has been Britain’s coolest man this year.
Back in 2007, you rewarded Noel Gallagher for a sterling year, as you crowned him Britain’s coolest man. And 2008’s title went to UFC legend and full-time hard nut Michael Bisping. But who will get your votes this year?
We want to hear your suggestions. Who did you admire for all the right (or wrong) reasons in 2011? Who did you secretly behave like in front of your mates down the pub? Who is your coolest man 2011?
But if you’re struggling for names, let ZOO guide you through some early suggestions.
Britain’s hardest working comedian, Jimmy Carr, continued his hilarious domination on the comedy circuit and basically any TV panel show you can imagine. Funnyman Russell Brand can never be too far away from these polls, either, if only for the fact he still manages to get into bed with Katy Perry every night. It's also been another incredible year for Karl Pilkington, with another record-smashing series of An Idiot Abroad under his belt and a fanbase almost as big as his "f**king round head."
Former winner Noel Gallagher returned to the music scene with his quality debut solo album – but did brother Liam’s efforts with Beady Eye and his foray into fashion with Pretty Green make him the younger and, crucially, much cooler brother? This year has also seen traditionally more urban artists continue their domination of the charts: Tinie Tempah picked up a string of awards, and Example proved to be the highlight of all the festivals he played at. Professor Green also continued to bring the grime and UK hip-hop genres back into the mainstream, capping it with the release of his second album.
Jenson Button ran Sebastian Vettel the closes during the F1 season whilst taking his missus around the world with him during the season - proving the Formula One drivers have one of the coolest lifestyles going (we'll ignore his dodgy shampoo adverts). David Beckham - a legendary cool icon - finished his time at LA Galaxy in sheer Hollywood style, helping the club win their first MLS Cup since 2005. WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch has had another successful year, holding on to his belt with victory over Glen Johnson.
The ridiculously successful Doctor Who has maintained its popularity - and even got pretty cool - with Matt Smith playing the titular role. The Inbetweeners finally hit the big screen in one of the year's funniest films, anchored by two of its very relatable stars - Joe Thomas (Simon) and James Buckley (Jay). Will their Malia misdemeanours see them clinch the coolest man award?
Even though all the spotlight was on his older brother, Prince Harry remains the coolest royal going. Even if Will is going to be the future King - and with all the guests at the year's biggest wedding inevitably on the best behaviour - surely Harry had a crack at Pippa Middleton and co? And the coolest magician ever to come out of Britain (sorry, Paul Daniels) - Dynamo - had an amazing year, walking on the Thames and leaving countless famous folk speechless at his witchcraft and absolutely mental wizadry.
Let us know your suggestions on Facebook, Twitter and by entering your choices into the form below. When everyone's suggestions are in, we’ll draw up a shortlist of the most popular very best – one of whom will be crowned as Britain’s Coolest Man in 2011!